I went with OH to walk Missy this evening straight from work and as usual we ended up walking down by the river. The river is very high nearly to the top of the banks and nearly to the top of the walkover bridge where the water is usually quite a lot lower. I suspect that they have opened the locks further up country in an effort to get rid of all the water (probably Northampton Way to stop any potential flooding) as the river finally flows out into tidal waters and then to the sea in the wash. I just feel sorry for all the wild creatures that have been flooded out of their homes.
In the last photo above you can see what is known as the Electric Cut which was the outflow to the local power station. Many large carp were caught there over the years and it was a frequent spot for OH as a youngster to go fishing. The carp used to grow very large because the water was warmer than in the river. Part of the cut has been filled in this part is the only part left over after the power station was moved over to the Wash side of town. The cut runs parallel to the river and as you can see there is only a thin strip of land between the two and it would not take much for them to completely join up if we have too much more water.
So fingers crossed no more rain as otherwise it will be over the banks.
Fortunately it has been a nice evening tonight so fingers crossed its going to be the same tomorrow.
The nettles are starting to come through on the undergrowth so leave it a week or so and maybe if its a little finer will be able to collect nettles to make nettle wine. You only need the young tops - needs to be closer to May as the plants become sweeter then but it is a fine line between managing to pick them young and them going over.
Right had better get a wriggle on.
Catch you soon.